Article by: Khoo Bee Khim
Nazri Sutari takes nicknames in his stride. “Back in school, my friends used to call me Bats,” laughed the 29-year-old. And no, he wasn’t named after Batman. That moniker came from the Malay word “babat” used colloquially to mean fat.
The national kickboxing champion is so used to nicknames that he's even adopted one for competitions: Pork Chop.
“It came from a muay thai orientation camp in polytechnic,” he said. “We were in the lecture hall when my teammate from across the hall randomly shouted, ‘eh, pork chop!’ I was the only one who turned around and because I responded, the name stuck. I kinda like it since I am always the fat kid.”
When fat people get bullied, they can either get angry, or succumb and suck it up. I decided to get ‘angry’ and use the fire in me to prove that I can do what the others could.